DAMA - 27/04/2022

We all know how hard it is to get workers in the Pilbara – and unlike most of Australia, this has been a problem for a long time in the Pilbara.

The City of Karratha’s 2021 Business Climate Scorecard again highlighted attracting and retaining employees as the most significant issue faced by local businesses and this has been the case since we began the survey in 2019.

So, in December 2020, the City of Karratha started work on a designated area migration agreement or DAMA to help provide businesses access to overseas workers.

A DAMA can provide more overseas workers than the standard skilled migration program and provides flexibility to respond to the unique economic and labour market conditions that affect us.

In June 2021, Port Hedland joined us and in October last year, with RDA Pilbara, we submitted a proposal to the Federal Government for a Pilbara DAMA.

We were very pleased last month to find Federal Immigration Minister, the Hon Alex Hawke, had approved our application and we now have a five-year agreement to help support Pilbara-based businesses fill critical labour shortages.

The Pilbara DAMA will help to build a stronger community, encourage local residency and diversify the region’s economy.

If you are a local business that would like to find out more about the DAMA and how it could help you fill labour shortages then register for one of free information sessions taking place in Karratha on 4th and 5th of May.

Visit the RDA Pilbara or City of Karratha’s Facebook pages for more information and to register.